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David Bunting sues Blackstone Medical for religious harassment and retaliation

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Florida man sues medical sleep testing company after its dapper CEO forced Scientology on him

    By Tony Ortega, August 5, 2016

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    Another lawsuit against an employer accused of forcing Scientology on an employee was filed this week, this time involving a Florida man who alleges that the CEO of a Tampa medical company harassed him and ultimately fired him because he wouldn’t subject himself to Scientology courses.

    We’ve seen this kind of thing numerous times in recent years, including a dentist in Oregon, a chiropractor in Florida, and a plastics company in Pasadena. This time, the employer is a man named Vick Tipnes who maintains a somewhat eye-opening page about himself at his company’s website. Tipnes writes that he was born in London but moved to Florida as a child, and then worked as a car salesman as he looked for business opportunities.

    In 2012, he founded Blackstone Medical Services, which tests patients and sells equipment for sleep apnea. Since then, he’s been celebrated by local publications as a successful entrepreneur, and writes about his success with blog items at the LinkedIn website, posts inspirational photos of himself to his Instagram account, and appears to be a fan of Scientology entrepreneur Grant Cardone.

    In June 2014, Hillsborough County resident David Bunting went to work at Blackstone Medical as a “physician sleep advisor.” By that December, he alleges, Tipnes began bugging him about getting into Scientology.

    “Mr. Tipnes was apparently a member of the Scientology cult and wanted to indoctrinate Mr. Bunting into it as well,” writes Bunting’s attorney, Noah Storch. Bunting wasn’t interested, and declined his boss’s suggestion. By February 2015, however, Tipnes was complaining about Bunting’s low “call volume,” but then admitted that what really bothered him was that Bunting hadn’t agreed to start Scientology courses.

    Mr. Bunting objected that he already had a religion and was not looking for a new one, and that in any event, he took no major life decisions such as attending a new Church without discussing the matter with his wife, lightly. Enraged, Mr. Tipnes told Mr. Bunting, “this should be your decision, not your wife’s.”

    That May, Bunting complained, he was lured to a breakfast with Tipnes where he was assured Scientology wouldn’t be discussed, only to be hit with another hard sell about taking courses.

    Over the next two months, Bunting says he was forced to participate in Scientology exercises at his workplace, and then in August was told he had to take a Scientology sales program that he was “contractually bound to do if he wanted to avoid financial penalties.” Bunting objected to the program, which would have had him proselytizing Scientology to customers. Tipnes also wanted Bunting to approach his wife about getting involved in Scientology.

    Finally, on September 1, 2015 Bunting was fired because of his objections to Scientology, he alleges. He then complained to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which gave him a notice of right to sue Blackstone Medical.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/08/05/fl...ter-its-dapper-ceo-forced-scientology-on-him/
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  2. Hahahahahaha
    The pic of Vicky Tipnes with the pink jacket (on tony's link) reminds me of Mappin must be something to do with superpower jackets
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  3. I find it interesting that Vick Tipnes, the Founder and CEO of Blackstone Medical Services who allegedly pressured employee David Bunting to take Scientology religious services, himself appears to be largely a stealth Scientologist. If you Google Vick Tipnes's name with the word Scientology, you don't come up with much. Vick Tipnes does not, for example, appear in Kristi Watcher's online database of Scientology Service Completions.

    Dr. Jiten Master, on the other hand, is another matter. Dr. Jiten Master is listed on the About webpage of Blackstone Medical Services as the Chief Operating Officer:
    Code:
    https://www.blackstonemedicalservices.com/about/
    Jilten Master's Scientology Service Completions:

    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/jiten-master.html

    Jiten Master in Scientology's Published Service Completion Lists

    The following 16 individual completions for Jiten Master appear in official Scientology publications:


    Jiten Master ABILITY CONGRESS COURSE Freewinds 46 2002-06-01
    Jiten Master ROUTE TO INFINITY COURSE Freewinds 46 2002-06-01
    Jiten Jashwant Master GRADE III Living 374 2004-02-01
    Jiten Master GRADE IV Living 374 2004-02-01
    Jiten Master L 11 NEW LIFE RUNDOWN Source 154 2004-04-01
    Jiten Master L10 RUNDOWN Source 163 2005-02-01
    Jiten Master L12 FLAG OT EXECUTIVE RUNDOWN Source 163 2005-02-01
    Jiten Master METHOD ONE WORD CLEARING Source 169 2005-08-01
    Jiten Master FALSE PURPOSE RUNDOWN AUDITING Source 187 2007-01-01
    Jiten Master OT PREPARATIONS Source 200 2008-08-01
    Jiten Master SOLO AUDITOR COURSE I Source 201 2008-11-01
    Jiten Master OT II Source 205 2009-08-01
    Jiten Master OT III Source 206 2009-11-01
    Jiten Master NEW OT IV OT DRUG RUNDOWN Source 206 2009-11-01
    Jiten Master OT ELIGIBILITY Source 228 2013-04-01
    Jiten Master NEW OT V AUDITED NOTS Source 228 2013-04-01


    Note: The dates listed above are the approximate publication dates of the magazines, which may be weeks or months later than the actual date the service was completed.


    Jiten Master in Scientology's Publications

    The following 1 mentions of Jiten Master appear in official Scientology publications:
    Jiten Master All Clears in the United States From Clear to Eternity Newsletter 2006 2006-11-01

    Note: The dates listed above are the approximate publication dates of the magazines, which may be weeks or months later than the actual date the service was completed.


    Jiten Master and the Clear List

    No entries were found in my Scientology Statistics Project Clear List database for this person.


    Jiten Master and Scientologist Online Sites

    My database does not list a Scientologist Online cookie-cutter web site for this person.


    Jiten Master and WISE Directories

    WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, publishes directories listing their members.Jiten Master appears in a recent WISE directory:2004 WISE Directory:


    Category: Consultants in LRH Management Tech

    Jiten Master
    Standard Solutions, Inc.
    2963 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Ste. 210
    Clearwater, FL 33759
    United States
    Tel. +1 407-841-6161
    Fax +1 407-841-9016
    E-Mail: jmaster@[provider].com
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  4. The following thread is relevant to this story: Scientology Flag listing the BUSINESSES that have “all their staff” on service, including Boy Scouts

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/scientology-flag-listing-the-businesses-that-have-“all-their-staff”-on-service-including-boy-scouts.119099/

    First Post from that thread:

    Scientology Flag Land Base listing the BUSINESSES that have “all their staff” on service, including Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

    Mike Rinder: Flag “OT” News

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/flag-ot-news/


    Be sure to see the excerpt of Mike's comment, as well as my comment, below.

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    EXCERPT FROM MIKE'S COMMENT:


    Woww — they are listing the BUSINESSES that have “all their staff” on service.
    Wonder if this is going to be used the next time one of these business is sued for enforcing scientology on their employees. Every time in the past they have tried to claim “Oh, they have a choice” (and they generally lose), but this pretty much confirms it — AND THEY PUT IT IN WRITING!

    COMMUNICATOR IC: PLEASE ALSO NOTE above this includes the "local Boy Scout Troop" and the "local Cub Scout Troop."

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    The dapper CEO’s detailed response: Scientology wasn’t forced on disgruntled employee

    By Tony Ortega, August 9, 2016

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    On Friday, we told you about Vick Tipnes, CEO and founder of Blackstone Medical Services in Tampa, who is being sued by a man named David Bunting. According to the complaint filed by Bunting in federal court, Tipnes pushed him to get involved in Scientology, and threatened him with “financial penalties” if he didn’t comply. Bunting refused, and claims that he was fired as a result.

    Before we filed that story, we called Blackstone Medical and asked to speak with Tipnes. We were told he was in a meeting, and we left a message. Tipnes hasn’t called us back. But we did hear from Vick’s attorney, Hunter Chamberlin, who told us that Tipnes vigorously denies the allegations in Bunting’s lawsuit.

    Before he filed his lawsuit, Bunting filed a discrimination claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chamberlin then filed a detailed response, describing Bunting not as a victim of religious discrimination, but as a disgruntled former employee who had failed to live up to expectations. Not only did Tipnes say he had not forced Scientology on Bunting, but his response to the EEOC included affidavits from twelve Blackstone Medical employees who all said Tipnes had never brought up Scientology with them.

    We thought it was important for you to see the EEOC response, with its attached affidavits, that Chamberlin sent to us.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/08/09/th...ntology-wasnt-forced-on-disgruntled-employee/
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    Hmmm, where have I heard that one before...
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former workers file EEOC complaints saying Grant Cardone forced Scientology on them

    By Tony Ortega, August 12, 2016

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    We’ve been talking to Florida attorney Richard Celler about the religious discrimination lawsuit he filed on behalf of a man name David Bunting who is suing a Tampa medical services CEO, Vick Tipnes, for allegedly forcing Scientology courses on him, and firing him when Bunting refused. We told Celler how much Tipnes reminded us of another colorful businessman, motivational speaker Grant Cardone, who is also a Scientologist and is someone Tipnes cites as a mentor.

    What a coincidence, Celler told us. He had clients who were also making religious discrimination claims against Cardone.

    Celler sent us copies of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints he’s made on behalf of three clients who submitted discrimination claims after being fired by Cardone’s Miami Beach business.

    Donald Bradley was fired on June 10, 2015. Pedro Orozco on January 4 of this year. And Michelle Ceglarek four days later. All three worked for Cardone’s Miami Beach business, at 300 71st St, and each of them has filed claims that they were let go because they refused to submit to Scientology training.

    “They are sneaky. They call it the L. Ron Hubbard training, but go out of their way not to use the term ‘Scientology’,” Celler tells us. “We all know what it really is though.”

    In Bunting’s case, Celler prepared a lengthy report that he submitted to the EEOC, and attorney Hunter Chamberlin responded with a lengthy counterargument on behalf of Vick Tipnes. The EEOC then gave Bunting permission to sue.

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    http://tonyortega.org/2016/08/12/fo...ing-grant-cardone-forced-scientology-on-them/
  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientologist ‘Dapper CEO’ Vick Tipnes wins victory against discrimination lawsuit in Tampa

    By Tony Ortega, February 28, 2018

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    The last time we told you about dapper Blackstone Medical Services CEO Vick Tipnes, the London-born Florida entrepreneur was being sued by an employee named David Bunting who complained that Tipnes had tried to force him into Scientology.

    We’re seeing these sorts of lawsuits pop up pretty regularly — a new one was filed in South Carolina just a few days ago (2nd item) when an employee sued a Columbia chiropractor, accusing him of trying to force Scientology on her.

    In Florida, Bunting complained that Tipnes, whose company deals in equipment for testing sleep disorders, wanted Bunting to increase his productivity by taking Scientology courses. Bunting’s lawsuit claimed religious discrimination.

    But Tipnes successfully challenged Bunting’s lawsuit with a motion for summary judgment when he convinced a Tampa federal judge that the real reason he fired Bunting was for his declining productivity. In granting the motion and dismissing the lawsuit this week, the court said that Bunting had failed to prove that his refusal to get involved in Scientology was the real reason for his firing, and not his declining number of sales calls.

    The judge who made that call was Tampa federal jurist Steven Merryday.

    Ah, now there’s a name we know well. It was Merryday who in 2011 dismissed another lawsuit that was trying to make a case that Scientology was the real reason behind a contested event: the 2007 death of Kyle Brennan.
    Clearwater Police determined that Brennan, a mentally troubled 20-year-old, had taken his own life with his father’s revolver. Kyle’s mother, Victoria Britton, and her attorney, Ken Dandar, pointed to troubling problems in the police investigation and the behavior of Kyle’s father Tom Brennan, a Scientologist, to suggest that Tom Brennan’s relationship with his auditor, Denise Miscavige, twin sister to Scientology leader David Miscavige, was suspicious and suggested that Scientology had wanted Kyle “handled” in a way that resulted in his death.

    It was Merryday who dismissed that lawsuit saying it lacked evidence to back up that narrative.

    And now, Merryday again has dismissed a lawsuit blaming Scientology without allowing it to go to trial.

    “Unfortunately, this is what happens all too often in federal court. Judges dismiss claims that should be decided by juries,” says Bunting’s attorney, Richard Celler. “Summary judgment has become a vehicle for judges to decide cases themselves in violation of the fundamental right to a jury trial. This has become all too common for employees, especially in Florida.”

    Celler, says that his team is evaluating Bunting’s options for appeal.

    Tipnes attorney Hunter Chamberlin made us aware of the court decision yesterday. We sent him a number of questions for Tipnes about other recent Scientology court decisions and “Ideal Org” openings to see if he wanted to comment about Scientology’s recent winning streak in the wake of his court victory. We’ll let you know if he gets back to us.

    Here’s the court decision:

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/02/28/s...tory-against-discrimination-lawsuit-in-tampa/

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